The Scan Datastore for Unknown Files task works as follows:
- The task scans the datastore to get a list of all available datastore files.
- The task scans virtual machines in the vSphere inventory to get a list of all registered VM files.
- The task compares the lists obtained at steps 1 and 2 to reveal a list of ‘unknown’ files. You can see a sample diagnostic output below:
Starting diagnostic scan of Datastore [name] for unknown/garbage files
Excluded extensions: ISO
Skipped file(s) size: 3 ISO files, total 8.4 GB
Excluded folders: TMP
Skipped folder(s) size: 1 folder(s), 2.03 GB
Calculating known files….
List of remaining unknown (to vCenter) files on this Datastore:
\temp\unknown.doc, 0.3 GB
\ISO\temp.DB, 1.5 GB
\VM1\spreadsheet.xls, 0.8 GB
Total space used by above unknown files: 2.6 GB
You can override the following parameters for the Scan Datastore for Unknown Files, as well as for the Veeam VMware: Datastore Unknown Files Analysis Diagnostic Task:
- Timeout Seconds (numeric value, default 3600);
- Exclude Files (comma-separated list, default *vmft, *-ctk.vmdk, .*vmx~);
- Exclude Folders (comma-separated list, default .vSphere-HA/*, .dvsData/*);
- Sort Options ("S+", "S-", "N+", "N-", "S-N-", "S+N-", "S-N+", "S+N+", "N-S-", "N-S+", "N+S-", "N+S+"):
- S+/S- — sort by file size;
- N+/N- — sort by file name;
- Default is size-name+, that is, sort by size, descending (-), and then by name, ascending (+);
- When combined — sort by the first parameter and then, if there are equal files, sort by the second parameter.
- Enable — run diagnostic action automatically (default False; available only for the Diagnostic Task).